Mental Health Legal Services
We offer a wide range of legal services to help people with mental illness and their loved ones navigate the difficult world of government benefits, insurance coverage and other financial benefits. We have been helping clients with these issues since 1984, so we know how to handle your case or appeal.
We help people with mental health issues and their loved ones secure Social Security Disability benefits.
Social Security Disability benefits are a federal program that provides financial assistance to individuals with disabilities. If you have a mental health condition, it may be possible to apply for Social Security Disability benefits based on your diagnosis and symptoms. The process of applying for Social Security Disability can be complicated, but our attorneys can help you navigate the process and obtain the benefits that you need.
If your application is approved, there are several types of Social Security Disability payments available including:
SSDI – Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is intended for low-income individuals who have limited income or resources;
SSI – Supplemental Security Income; and
VA Disability Compensation
We help people with mental health issues and their loved ones obtain other financial benefits.
Mental health law services can also help people with mental health issues and their loved ones obtain other financial benefits.
We assist clients in obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veterans Disability Benefits and other disability retirement benefits. We also provide assistance with survivor benefits for dependents of veterans who died while receiving a VA pension or compensation award
We represent people who are receiving treatment for mental illness or substance abuse and want to transfer their medical care to another doctor, program or facility.
If you are receiving treatment for mental illness or substance abuse and want to transfer your medical care to another doctor, program or facility, we can help.
We represent people who have been discharged from a hospital and need help finding a doctor who understands their illness. We also represent people who are being treated by a psychiatrist but do not feel like they are getting adequate treatment. If this is the case, it may be possible for our client’s current treating physician to recommend another psychiatrist that would better serve their needs based on their current circumstances (e.g., new medications).
Additionally, our attorneys represent clients who wish to change residential facilities due to issues such as poor conditions at their current place of residence or because they simply want more freedom than what is offered by traditional group homes/treatment centers which sometimes limit where patients can go within certain geographic areas during non-treatment hours (e mails).
We help clients avoid involuntary hospitalization or commitment to a psychiatric hospital by having a discharge hearing in Family Court.
A discharge hearing is a court proceeding in which the judge will decide whether to release you from the hospital or not. If you are committed to a psychiatric hospital, you may be able to apply for a discharge hearing within five days of your admission. You can also ask for one later if there are changes in your condition that indicate it’s appropriate for you to leave the facility.
Involuntary hospitalization or commitment occurs when someone is taken against his or her will by family members or police officers and placed under medical supervision because he/she is considered dangerous due to mental illness (or other reasons). In some cases, involuntary commitment can lead up until involuntary treatment such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), psychotropic drugs or long-term rehabilitation programs at state-run hospitals across America–which we don’t want! We aim at helping clients avoid involuntary hospitalization or commitment so they don’t have these experiences again in future cases like these ones:
We help clients who have been involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital have the court order modified so they can be released from the hospital sooner than would otherwise be the case.
In Virginia, a person may be involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital if they are deemed to have a mental illness and are considered dangerous to themselves or others. There are two ways that this can happen:
The first method is called “ex parte.” This means that no notice was given to you before the hearing took place; instead, only your lawyer will receive notice of its date and time. You will be expected to attend this hearing at which time the judge will decide whether or not you should be hospitalized for up to 72 hours while he/she decides whether or not there should be an extended commitment beyond those three days (which would require another hearing). If so, then another hearing must occur within seven days of being admitted where either party may request release from hospitalization due too changed circumstances such as improved health status or significant improvement in symptoms; however this does not mean immediate release but rather just within seven days after admission unless extended by order from Judge presiding over case file(s).
We offer a wide range of legal services that can help anyone struggling with mental illness get the support they need to live a fulfilling life in spite of their illness
We offer a wide range of legal services that can help anyone struggling with mental illness get the support they need to live a fulfilling life in spite of their illness.
We can help you with legal issues related to mental health problems, such as:
Helping you obtain the treatment you need and deserve (including medication)
Assisting with accessing social security benefits or disability payments if necessary
Obtaining guardianship over children whose parents are unable to care for them due to a debilitating mental condition
Our goal is to help people with mental health issues and their loved ones secure Social Security Disability benefits, obtain other financial benefits, transfer medical care from one doctor or program to another, avoid involuntary hospitalization or commitment, and have a discharge hearing in Family Court so they can be released from the hospital sooner than would otherwise be the case.